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A kidnapped 10-year-old girl was rescued thanks to two quick-thinking sanitation workers in Louisiana.

Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine, who work for Pelican Waste, were working their regular shift Monday morning when they spotted a car matching the description of a sedan in an Amber Alert.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for a 10-year-old girl reported missing by her family on Sunday.

When Merrick and Antoine spotted the sedan in a field on Monday, they pulled over their garbage truck on the wrong side of the highway to block the vehicle in and called 911.

Merrick streamed their heroics on Facebook Live and captured police taking the suspect into custody near St. Martin Parish.

The two men are being hailed as heroes for their quick action.

"I feel blessed just to find her alive and everything," Merrick told CBS News on Wednesday. "It's just a wonderful feeling."

"Something told me, like just look, I said 'what is that car doing in that field like that?'... Guess what, that's the dude with the little girl," Merrick said in his video. "That's God."

Merrick and Antoine, who are both fathers, say it was their duty to help the child.

"It was just one of those things you just had to do," said Merrick, a Navy veteran and father of two.

Both men were praised by their company and the local police chief offered to buy them lunch. The story made global headlines.

"It's a blessing," Antoine said. "All over the world, I love it."

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Michael Roy Sereal and he was arrested for aggravated kidnapping, police said.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department wouldn't confirm if the suspect is the same Michael Roy Sereal listed on the department's online sex offender registry.
 

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Milwaukee police cancelled an Amber Alert after a mother and her 2 daughters were found dead inside a garage, a week after they were reported missing.

Police found the bodies of Amarah Banks, 26, and her daughters Camaria Banks, 4, and Zaniya Ivery, 5, in a garage on Sunday morning. The Amber Alert had been issued the day before - when Milwaukee police already knew they were deceased.

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Banks's boyfriend and Zaniya's father, Arzel Ivery, provided information that led police to the bodies in the garage.

Ivery, 25, was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting Banks at her apartment on Saturday, Feb. 8, the day she and her children went missing.

On Friday, Feb. 7, Banks and her family attended the funeral for her 21-month-old son, Arzel Ivery Jr., who died of complications from bronchitis, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Ivery told police he went to Banks's apartment after the funeral on Saturday, and he and Banks got into an argument, according to the criminal complaint.

Banks' next-door neighbor said she heard a commotion that sounded like someone slamming a person against the wall. The neighbor told police she heard a woman screaming "No, no, I didn't even do anything," and "don't kill me, don't kill me!"

The neighbor said she heard a man's voice accusing the woman of cheating on him.

Another witness told police she saw Banks running through the apartment building parking lot barefoot, wearing a funeral t-shirt and bleeding from the mouth. She reported seeing the woman's boyfriend grab her and drag her back inside the apartment building, according to the criminal complaint.

The second witness also told police she heard the woman screaming "No, no, please don't kill me!"

Someone called 911 to report a disturbance, but responding officers reported being unable to locate the 911 caller or any disturbance.

Banks' family reported her and her daughters missing on Sunday, Feb. 9. According to Milwaukee police call logs obtained by WISN 12 News, police conducted a welfare check at Banks' apartment, but no one was at home.

Police observed what appeared to be 2 small droplets of blood on a bed, and damage to a bedroom wall as if a person's head impacted the wall.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, Banks' brother contacted WISN 12 News seeking help finding his missing sister and his 2 nieces.

On Thursday, WISN 12 News asked Milwaukee police about the missing persons report via email. A Milwaukee police official told WISN 12 News the case was still under investigation, but it was "not a critical missing" persons case.

WISN 12 News interviewed Banks' family members who begged the public for help finding her.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3:41 a.m. in Memphis, Tennessee, Ivery flagged down an officer to talk about "the incident in Milwaukee." Memphis officers arrested Ivery and contacted Milwaukee police who told them about his connection to a missing persons case.

Later that day, Milwaukee police issued an Amber Alert for Banks and her daughters - a week after they were first reported missing.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, officers conducted a search of a garage at a home in the 4700 block of West Burleigh Street in Milwaukee. The Amber Alert was cancelled after the 3 bodies were found.

Ivery was charged with aggravated assault. He waived extradition back to Milwaukee to face charges. His last known address is on the same block where the bodies were found, according to WISN 12 News.

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Police say a teenager who was believed to have been kidnapped off a Bronx street in front of her mother staged her own kidnapping.

16-year-old Karol Sanchez was the subject of a massive manhunt after a surveillance camera captured three males grabbing her off the street in front of her frantic mother on Monday night.

Police say Sanchez panicked after news of her ‘kidnapping' went viral on social media and made national headlines.

At 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, a "trembling" Sanchez approached a patrol unit near Eagle Avenue and East 156th Street - close to where she had been allegedly kidnapped the night before.

She will not face charges, an officer said as she was led out of the 40th Police Precinct after questioning Tuesday night.

Police are investigating whether Sanchez's boyfriend had anything to do with the fake kidnapping.

Sanchez's mother reportedly planned to move the family back to her native Honduras - but Sanchez didn't want to go.

"Her mother wanted to move them back to Honduras, but she [Sanchez] was adamantly against it," one high-ranking police source told the NY Post.

Sanchez and her mother were in town visiting family members when the fake kidnapping occurred.

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More than 120 law enforcement officers and community residents are searching for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams in Jacksonville, Florida.

The girl went missing from her Brentwood home in the 600 block of Ivy Street around midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Her mother, Brianna Williams, told police she put Taylor to bed around midnight on Tuesday.

When Brianna woke up at 7 a.m., she said Taylor was missing and the back door was open. Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants.

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A car that was parked in the home's driveway was towed to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to be searched for evidence, according to 11 Alive News.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, have joined in the search for the child.

Officers went door to door at the Paradise Island Apartments, near Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road. Boats were brought in to search a shallow pond near the apartments.

Police say Taylor's mother is cooperating with the investigation.

"Taylor is the most important thing here right now," JSO Chief T. K. Waters said. "We are very concerned, but we are going to search and we will continue to search throughout the night in hopes of finding Taylor."

Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information on Taylor Williams. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

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Houston police continue their frantic search for a 4-year-old girl allegedly abducted by three Hispanic males "sometime Friday night" in Sugar Land, Texas. An Amber alert was issued for Maleah Davis on Saturday after the girl's stepfather, Derion Vence, claimed he was carjacked by three males and dropped off along with his 1-year-old son in Sugar Land.

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Relisha Rudd was absent from school for 30 days before school officials notified the D.C. Child and Family Service Agency on March 13. It was another six days before the agency began their investigation. Now Relisha is the subject of an intense manhunt by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies who believe Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, killed his wife and took the 8-year-old across state lines to Atlanta.

Tatum is charged with murdering his wife, Andrea Tatum, according to AJC.com. Police believe Tatum has ties to the Atlanta area.

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